The Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) Christmas Appeal is well underway, receiving a fantastic response so far.
Over £50,000 has been donated since the appeal launched in November to ensure that DAA’s crews remain fully stocked with everything they need for the winter months ahead.
For each of the incident's crews respond to, clinicians quickly work through the contents of their lifesaving critical care kits, which are stocked with essential medical supplies and equipment.
These kits and those back at base, must be fully replenished before crews are required to respond to their next patient experiencing a medical incident or traumatic injury.
DAA’s Christmas Appeal this year is all about the lifesaving kit that the crew need to see them though the winter months ahead, from small pieces like scalpels that cost just a couple of pounds to larger items like the pads they use with defibrillators (£20) or the blizzard blankets (£22) used on almost every outdoor mission to keep a patient warm.
Any of these could make a lifesaving difference to the care and comfort of patients, and this is where the people of Devon may help!
Jo-Anne Rigby, Head of Fundraising for Devon Air Ambulance, said: "We are all so grateful to every single person who has supported our Christmas Appeal so far, maintaining the crews kit is so important, and this is a way that our supporters across Devon and beyond can help.
"We have received some wonderful festive messages for our crew who will be ready to respond if needed throughout the Christmas and New Year period."
There's still time to donate to DAA’s Christmas appeal to support the crew and help to add a piece of lifesaving kit to their Critical Care bags.
Donations can be made via the charity's website here or by sending a cheque in the post to Devon Air Ambulance, 5 Sandpiper Court, Harrington Lane, Exeter, EX4 8NS.